& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Tai Pan is an arcade adventure game based on the
James Clavell book of the same name. Set in the far
east, the game centres on acquiring enough wealth
through trade to reach the status of Tai Pan. You start
the game penniless and must find someone to loan you
some money in order to purchase a ship and start
trading. You can trade illegal goods if you want, but of
course there's more risk as you could end up in jail.
There are many places to explore although things do get
a little repetitive once you start trading. It's similar
to Pirates in many ways, but it's nowhere near as good.
Graphically it's not too
bad, with large sprites and colourful backgrounds but
they are quite ugly at times.
remember enjoying this game far more first time around
and now it seems very dull compared to other similar C64
titles. It's worth checking out if you like trading
games with a bit of action thrown in for good measure.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I cheated. With a few cunning pokes I was able to bump
my cash up.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have acquired enough money, you can retire a
wealthy man. The end screen is just a page of text
against a white background. The text reads 'GAME
OVER. YOU HAVE ACQUIRED ASSETS OF $193842600. THIS HAS
EARNED YOU THE TITLE OF TAIPAN. PRESS FIRE'. (The
figure varies depending on how well you did in the
- Andrew Fisher:
An Asian version of Pirates, inspired by the James
Clavell novel... It should have been a winner, but
programming was heavily delayed and large amounts of the
game design left out. The end result is very average.
No surprises that the ending is dull, with a side order
- Brendan Phoenix:
I remember seeing the ad's for this and the Atari ST
screenshots which looked (at the time) awesome.
I too actually enjoyed playing this at the time. Like
you saying, looking back it's actually quite boring -
like the ending.
- Andy Vaisey:
Well, where I used to live, there was a really dodgy
looking take-away called 'Tai Pan'. The sort of place
you'd order from when drunk on a Friday night. Which I
used to because there garlic chicken was absolutely
The ending to the game? Well that scores a '0' on the
'Scores on the Doors' food hygiene rating.
I'm rich! I'm rich! It's a dull ending, but who cares!
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